A new rule in the NFL requires players to stand for the national anthem or stay out of sight in the locker room. The demand forces players – especially the 70 percent of players who are African-American – to grapple with how to balance love of country and the struggle for equal rights. Chad Williams, a scholar of African and Afro-American Studies, writes that a call for blacks to “close ranks” during World War I offers lessons on how to approach this most recent demand to put grievances aside.
This week, the Mormon church celebrates what its members believe was a revelation from God that ended 40 years of racial discrimination. A scholar of Mormonism, Matthew Bowman, explains the history of how the church has struggled with racial diversity.
As the climate warms, some species will be unable to evolve fast enough to survive the new conditions. But DNA might reveal which populations are likely to adapt and which ones are more risk, allowing us to target conservation efforts to species in jeopardy. Rachael Bay of the University of California, Los Angeles examined DNA for clues as to which yellow warblers were most vulnerable.
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The NFL is attempting to make protests like this one by members of the Cleveland Browns illegal in the league. AP Photo/David Richard